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Navajo elderly people in a reservation nursing home: admission predictors and culture care practices.

Author: Mercer, S.O
Author Background:
Date 3/1/96
Type Journal
Journal Title: Social-Work.
Volume/Pages 41(2) p. 181-89
Subject Matter Native Americans
Abstract Unlike the general U.S. population, which has more than 19,000 nursing facilities available, American Indian communities on reservations have few skilled- and intermediate-care facilities. Also, little research has been done withthis population. This study describes qualitative research conducted at a Navajo Nation nursing home in Chinle, Arizona. Events and circumstances resulting in nursing home placement are discussed and illustrated with casevignettes. An overview of Navajo history and traditions provides a context to identify culturally sensitive care principles and practices. Discussion stresses the importance of acknowledging and acting on the significance of culture in allaspects of social work practice. (Journal abstract.)